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In response to COVID-19, the City of Surprise is communicating with public health partners at the regional, state, and national level to make sure we’re working together to provide the most accurate and timely information to our community and to safeguard the health and safety of our residents.
Vaccine Status: To learn about the status of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, please click on the State and County links below. You may also call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 2-1-1.
COVID-19 Case Data - For information on the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Maricopa County and by zip code, as well as the current state recommendations related to distancing, gatherings, and essential businesses, visit www.azdhs.gov.
Governor’s Executive Orders - Information on the Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19 can be found below.
The public can file complaints against businesses not in compliance with the Governor’s Executive orders and ADHS COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses by submitting them online at www.azhealth.gov/ComplianceCOVID-19 or by phone at 1-844-410-2157.
“New Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation: Business Guidelines Transition from Requirements to Recommendations” Executive Order – On March 25, 2021, with the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, the Governor announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances. Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey: Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments, but should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations. The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Businesses have the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing. Bars will now be allowed to resume regular operations.
“Next Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation: Lifting Occupancy Limits Implemented Due to COVID-19” Executive Order – On March 5, 2021, the Governor issued an Executive Order that lifts occupancy percentage limitations on businesses, effective immediately. Physical distancing and mask protocols will remain in place. This applies to restaurants, gyms, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys, and bars providing dine in services. Additionally, notwithstanding any other executive order, Spring Training and Major League Sports will have the ability to operate upon submission and approval of a plan to the Arizona Department of Health Services that demonstrates implementation of safety precautions and physical distancing.
City of Surprise Status & Impacts
Declaration of Emergency - Mayor Skip Hall issued a declaration of emergency in Surprise on March 18, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still in effect.
Cases in Surprise:
For information on the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona by zip code, click here.
Face Covering Requirement Lifted
Executive Order 2021-06 issued by Governor Ducey on March 25, 2021 calls for any remaining local government mask mandates to be phased out and specifically says that they cannot be enforced.
As a result, Mayor Skip Hall signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise (with some exceptions). Read it here.
The Governor’s order does make a couple of exceptions. The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation polices in our city government buildings and on public transportation. This includes face coverings. Wearing of face coverings/masks is now recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.
Under the Governor’s order, businesses may institute and enforce face covering policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and they retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.
Per federal mandate, face coverings are also required while riding public transportation. See the Centers for Disease Control Mandate, here.
City Facilities Reopen to Public April 12, 2021; Sr. Center Remains Closed
City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public on April 12, 2021.
The city has implemented COVID-19 mitigation protocols consistent with CDC guidelines. These include: frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, additional hand sanitizing stations, plexiglass barriers at service counters, and physical distancing measures. Wearing of face coverings/masks is now recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.
The Surprise Senior Center will remain closed until further notice. Meal delivery and pick-up will continue, as will virtual programming. For the schedule and information on how to sign up, visit surpriseaz.gov/seniorservices.
The Parks and Recreation administrative office will open for recreation program registration, with the online registration option still available. Recreation Center programming or facility rentals will be announced as they become available. For program information, visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation or call 623.222.2000.
Additionally, the following City Hall service modifications are in place until further notice:
- Cashier – Preferred payment method is credit/debit card. For utility billing questions/requests (other than payments), please contact utility billing at 623.222.1900
- Passport Services – Not available through the Clerk’s Office at this time
- Development Services – Counters open, with online options remaining available. Information on digital applications and plan submittals, and online payments is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/devservices
The following suspended programs are being reinstated as of April 12:
- The Prescription Drug Take Back Kiosk in the lobby of the Police Department administrative building.
Public Meetings Open to In-person Attendance April 12, 2021:
Meetings of the Surprise City Council will reopen to in-person public participation while maintaining online and cable viewing options and the ability to email public comments in advance of the meetings, at email@example.com. The first City Council Work Session and Regular meeting to re-open to in-person attendance will be April 20. The City Council’s April 16th Budget Retreat will also be open to the public and televised and web-streamed, beginning at 9 a.m.
The same standards will be in place for our traditionally televised and web-streamed meetings, which include: Veteran, Disability & Human Services (VDHS) Commission Meetings, beginning April 14; Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings, beginning April 15; and Public Safety Retirement Commission meetings, as scheduled on or after April 12.
In-Person Public Meeting Guidelines:
- Physical distancing is encouraged.
- Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended.
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
Non-televised Public Meetings
City Boards and Commission meetings and City Council Subcommittee meetings that were not televised prior to the pandemic will no longer be televised on or after April 12. They will be moved to their traditional locations and be open to the public.
City Clerk (Passports, Election Resources, Public Records)
Public Records Online: www.surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise
Informational Website: www.surpriseaz.gov/clerk
Note: Passport services are suspended until further notice.
Phone: 623.222.1900, Option 1
Online Payments: www.surpriseaz.gov/payments
Informational Website: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/1503/Utility-Billing-Rates
My Surprise App (Public Records Requests, Missing Signs, Broken Trees, etc)
Informational Website: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/1168/Development-Services
See all changes to court operations due to COVID-19 at www.surpriseaz.gov/court
Surprise Resource Center
Informational Website: www.surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter
- City Manager – 623.222.1100
- Economic Development – 623.222.3300
- Fire-Medical – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.5000
- Human Resources – firstname.lastname@example.org / 623.222.3500
- Human Service & Community Vitality – 623.222.1500
- Marketing & Communications – 623.222.1431
- Mayor & City Council – 623.222.1300
- Police – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.4000
- Public Works – 623.222.1900
- Water Resource Management – 623.222.1900
Business, Customer & Job Seeker Resources
Whether you’re a local business, a resident seeking employment opportunities, or simply looking for ways to support your favorite businesses, we have gathered the resources you need. Learn more…
Community Care Resources
This page has information on free meals, where to get essential supplies, tips to de-stress and ways to volunteer and help your community. Learn more…
Financial Relief Info for Individuals & Families
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. We have compiled various resources available to individuals and families. Learn more…
Health & Safety Resources
The following are links to COVID-19 information from global, national, and county agencies:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC Information Line: 1-800-232-4636
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Arizona Department of Health Services Phone Line: 602-542-1025
- Arizona’s Statewide COVID-19 Information Number: (844) 542-8201 or 2-1-1
- Maricopa County Department of Public Health
- Maricopa County Department of Public Health Phone Line: 602-506-6900
- Surprise City Hall reopens to public 4/12; City Council meetings & other public meetings open to in-person attendance (3/26/2021)
- Governor Announces New Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation; Events of 50+ No Longer Need City Approval (3/25/2021)
- Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Business And Safety Protocols (3/5/2021)
- Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19 (12/16/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing (12/02/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces $25 Million For Medical Professionals, Additional Safety Measures (11/18/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces More Than $1.6 Million To Expand Food Bank Assistance (10/29/2020)
- Governor Ducey and Health Leaders Urge Arizonans to Get Flu Shot (08/31/2020)
- Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries (8/10/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order To Further Protect Public Health (7/23/2020)
- Governor Extends COVID-19 Eviction Protections; Expands Rental Assistance Access (7/16/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces New Actions To Contain COVID-19 (7/10/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan (06/29/2020)
- Surprise requires face coverings in public effective June 20; City Hall will reclose to public (6/19/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan (6/17/2020)
- City splash pads, basketball & racquetball courts reopen June 8; ramada & sports field rentals resume (6/5/2020)
- City Hall reopens June 1; select recreation amenities phase in (5/26/2020)
- Surprise Introduces Phased COVID-19 Reopening Plan (5/18/2020)
- City of Surprise pools, gyms, recreation centers remain closed until further notice (5/13/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery (5/12/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Updated Guidance For Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers And Cosmetologists (5/04/2020)
- Governor Ducey, ADHS Release Guidelines For Retail Businesses And Customers As Openings Resume Next Week (5/01/2020)
- Governor Issues Updated Guidance For Arizonans, Businesses (4/29/2020)
- Maricopa County Preparing to Expand COVID-19 Contact Tracing (4/23/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Providing Flexibility On Packaging And Labeling Rules For Local Restaurants (4/07/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Data Gathering (4/07/2020)
- New Order Increases Restrictions For Certain Out-Of-State Travelers (4/07/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Strengthening Protection In Residential And Nursing Health Care Facilities (4/07/2020)
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Halting Evictions For Small Businesses And Nonprofits (4/06/2020)
- New Assistance Available To Support Arizona Small Businesses (4/06/2020)
- President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For Arizona (4/04/2020)
- Governor Issues Additional Guidance On Essential Services (4/03/2020)
- Valley Metro adjusts Express, RAPID bus service schedules due to COVID-19 (3/31/2020)
- City webpage provides community support resources, volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19 (3/30/2020)
- City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic (3/30/2020)
- Governor's New Executive Order: "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" (3/30/2020)
- Change to City Council Meeting public comment; Cancelation of several public meetings (3/27/2020)
- Surprise Partners with Meals of Joy to Offer Hot Lunches to Vulnerable Populations (3/25/2020)
- Surprise Resource Center Reducing Public Hours (3/24/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Arizona Together Initiative, Linking Arizonans To Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak (3/24/2020)
- City Park Amenities & Facilities Closed to Public (3/24/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Launch of 2-1-1 COVID-19 Hotline (3/22/2020)
- Limited Court Operations During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (3/19/2020)
- Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions (3/19/2020)
- Mayor Hall Declares Local State of Emergency in Surprise (3/19/2020)
- Changes to public participation during Planning & Zoning meetings effective March 18 (3/18/2020)
- Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17 (3/16/2020)
- All city events and programs are canceled through May 10 (3/16/2020) @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>